Turner Air Force Base Theatre

405 Cordele Road,
Albany, GA 31705

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Turner Air Force Base Theatre

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The Turner Air Force Base was opened in 1941. It was closed in 1974. The Miller-Coors, Albany Brewery Co. now occupies part of the base’s site.

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm

It was called the Naval Air Station Albany (Turner Field) at the end. The Navy took it over in 1967 from the Air Force.

cccmoviehouses
cccmoviehouses on February 17, 2014 at 9:29 pm

In it’s day Turner AFB was a strategic SAC base, ( B52’s bombers, KC135 tankers) with a TAC unit, especially during and immediately after the “Cuban Crisis”. I was stationed there in the mid sixties, this was a nice facility. There was a beautiful golf course, I played often, base chapel, BX, hospital, classic Officers Cub and a modern NCO Club, the base was a self contain facility. I remember seeing my first James Bond movie, “Goldfinger” at the base theater. The movies would change a couple times a week and I was there to see the next attraction. It was a no frills theater, we’re talking military here, but it was a great place to spend a couple hours enjoying great movies.

Turner did end up becoming a navy base after the Air Force. When the navy left and the city of Albany took it over, Miller build a brewery on the flight line and unfortunately the amenities of the base deteriorated without the proper upkeep.

I was in Albany in 2006 and went to see what the old base looked like, not only was it difficult to find, but what was left was only a shell of what was once a viable military installation.

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